Terri Sexton, owner of Treasure Chest Jewelers in historic downtown Berlin packs her bags journeys to Antwerp, Belgium every October to scout out the perfect diamonds for her customers.
More than 80% of the world’s diamonds pass through Antwerp making it the Diamond Capital of the World. It houses a square mile of diamond prospectors, cutters and polishers.
Sexton, a member of the Independent Jewelers Organization, makes the trip to buy diamonds directly from the Antwerp diamond offices not only for the shop on Main Street but also for customers looking for a truly special diamond. She holds consultations prior to the trip to discuss the ideal diamond from shape to size and clarity. Not only do you enjoy the reward of receiving a unique hand-selected diamond, they benefit by not having to pay markup usually assessed by the importers and distributors.
Terri says working with customers and bringing back a hand-selected Antwerp diamond gives her great pride.
“I literally search through hundreds of diamonds to find the perfect diamond for my customer,” says Terri. “There is something truly special about traveling halfway around the world to pick that diamond and bringing it back to my customer. It’s a great feeling.”
Terri is heading to Antwerp on October 25th, 2012.